PageLines- 11103850.jpgUrinary incontinence is defined as: “uncontrolled leakage of urine at any time”. Symptoms range from dribbling to complete loss of bladder control. It may be resulting from an acute or chronic conditions such as: infection, constipation, stress, restricted mobility, dementia, medications, disease process etc. While “getting old” is not a risk factor for urinary incontinence, it may predispose an elderly person to becoming incontinent if the person has decreased mobility, altered mental status or a chronic illness. The major complication with urinary incontinence is: Skin problems such as rash, opened sores which can become infected if left untreated.

Here are a few tips on how to manage urinary incontinence at home

  • Monitor voiding pattern and start a toileting schedule
  • Ensure that the bathroom is safe and easily accessible
  • -Avoid excssive use of alcohol & caffeine (they can act like diuretic)
  • -Wear clothing that can be easily removed
  • -use a bedside commode or urinal at night for frequent urination
  • -Monitor skin daily for redness
  • -Apply skin barrier to prevent skin breakdown
  • -Wear a pad or brief if necessary
  • -Be active and exercise daily

Family and caregivers are encouraged to get assistance and support needed to manage the care of a loved one with urinary incontinence.

 

 

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